Bogandaganda hold Green Mamba to a barren stalemate
- Matsapha United made the most of home ground advantage and held a sluggish Green Mamba to a goalless draw yesterday during their MTN premier league clash.
The match t ook pl a c e at Nsukuwansuku stadium and was an even game as both teams got back to their league campaigns.
The first half was a balanced affair, with both teams getting ball possession and chances at goal. It was Green Mamba who had the first chance with only 11 minutes into the in when Banele ‘Banny’ Mdluli dribbled into the box but shot straight into the hands of United goalkeeper Innocent Adja's.
The game ebbed and flowed as both teams tried to establish dominance.
Matsapha United's Nhlanhla Mahlalela failed to make use of a brilliant break when he sent in a poor cross that fell to Thokozani Mkhulisi's hand.
Green Mamba could have ended the first half ahead when striker Musa Dlamini clipped the top post in the 40th minute. His first time shot could not fall in time as it hit the crossbar .
That proved to be the last chance of the opening half, as both teams went into the break level.
The second stanza started with an early substitution as Matsapha United pulled off Leonard Ahaidekey who came off for Sifiso Dlamini.
The home side showed more attacking intent moving forward with more purpose as the substitute combined well with Johnson Mensah.
Matsapha's new found confidence forced the visitors coach Caleb Ngwenya to make a substitution bringing on target man Phinda Phindrix Dlamini for ‘ Banny’ Mdluli after the hour mark.
The teams Matsapha Changed
This changed the game momentum a bit as Green Mamba played with more efficiency but still could not break down the Matsapha defence.
Spurred on by the roaring, home crowd, Mensah and Dlamini continued to be a thorn in the Green Mamba defence, combining well. Mensah had the crowd on their feet when he powered past defence but failed to convert an outside shot that went wide.
Next would be Sifiso Dlamini, who was unlucky not to score after his outside shot fizzed just over the bar after breaking free. The high intensity match, unfortunately for the paying fans ended in a stalemate with Matsapha United the happier of the two sides after managing a draw against strong opposition.
Innocent, Mancoba, Dino, Sihawu, Thami, Mzwandile, Bandile, Johnson, Mcebo, Leonard, Nhlanhla
Thokozani, Sanele, Thabiso, Sanele, Banele, Khethokuhle, Mxolisi, Njabulo Magagula , Banele, Njabulo Tfwala, Musa